Ryan Lessard

Correspondent

Before becoming a reporter for NHPR, Ryan devoted many months interning with The Exchange team, helping to produce their daily talk show.  He graduated from the University of New Hampshire in Manchester with a major in Politics and Society and a minor in Communication Arts. While in school, he also interned for a DC-based think tank. His interests include science fiction and international relations. Ryan is a life-long Manchester resident.

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Word of Mouth
11:56 am
Wed February 27, 2013

New Hampshire: The Birthplace Of Video Games. Really.

Ralph Baer in his home office.
Ryan Lessard, NHPR

In 1966, while working for Sanders, a defense contractor in Nashua that is today a part of BAE Systems, Ralph Baer began secretly working on his invention. He didn't have a name for it at the time so it was hard to sell to his superiors. No one knew what a "video game" was.
 

  

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NH News
5:00 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Video Game Industry Could Keep N.H. Young and Tech-Savvy

Screen shot of pre-alpha version of Bacon Man. Certain assets like character design have yet to be added.
Courtesy of Neal Laurenza

New Hampshire is producing young programmers and designers looking to start their own video game business. And the trick is getting them to stay in the state…


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NH News
4:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Governor Hassan Names Her Choice For Banking Commissioner

Governor Maggie Hassan plans to nominate Glenn Perlow, the current Deputy Commissioner of the New Hampshire Banking Department, for the top job. She’ll do so during the Executive Council Meeting on Wednesday.

“The role of the Banking Commissioner,” Perlow says, “is vitally important for maintaining the health of our financial institutions and keeping consumers safe from predatory practices.”

He says he looks forward to working with the Governor to ensure the safe flow of credit that will help the state’s economy grow.

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NH News
2:51 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Governor Hassan Puts New Women's Prison In Her Budget

Goffstown Women's Prison
Cheryl Senter NHPR

Under Governor Hassan’s budget proposal, the state would receive a new women’s prison.


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NH News
5:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

State Criminal Justice Officials Discuss Death Penalty Challenges

From left to right: William Wrenn, Tina Nadeau, Phil McLaughlin and Chris Keating.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The UNH School of Law hosted a symposium Wednesday on the death penalty in New Hampshire.


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NH News
2:43 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

N.H. Clergy Surprised By Pope's Decision To Resign

St. Marie's Catholic Church in Manchester
HotblackDesiato flickr

Many Catholics in New Hampshire are reacting with surprise to the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning.


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NH News
5:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Gun Buyers Face Few Restrictions In N.H.

Paul Gauffin, owner of SL Gun Shop in Mason
Ryan Lessard NHPR

The Granite State has an extensive history with personal firearms. And its laws reflect the state’s long-held attitudes about guns and the 2nd Amendment.


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NH News
4:27 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Governor Hassan Picks Jeffrey Rose To Head DRED

Jeffrey Rose

Governor Maggie Hassan has announced her pick to lead the Department of Resources and Economic Development.


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NH News
4:57 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Governor Hassan Writes Air Force Chief Of Staff To Vie For New Air Refueling Tanker

A Boeing KC-46A Air Refueling Tanker poised to refuel an F-35 fighter. The KC-46A has twice the passenger capacity and 30% more capacity for aeromedical evacuation than its predecessor.

New Hampshire’s Pease Air Base is in the running to be the primary station for a new air refueling tanker. Friday, Governor Maggie Hassan has added her voice to those of the Senate delegation by endorsing the air base’s candidacy.


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NH News
5:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

N.H. Lawmakers Consider Banning Certain Fireworks... Again

John Raymond, Assistant Director for the State Fire Marshal testifying in favor of HB 336.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

Two years after New Hampshire legalized the sale of certain powerful fireworks, lawmakers are considering banning them. This second look was prompted by a pyrotechnic explosion in Pelham last summer that injured eight adults and five children.

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NH News
3:41 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

BAE Systems To Lay Off 200 In N.H.

New Hampshire’s number one manufacturing employer announced Monday that it will lay off 200 people in the state.


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NH News
11:41 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Manchester School Board On Track To Limit Class Sizes

Curriculum and Instruction Committee of the Manchester Board of School Committee.
Credit Ryan Lessard / NHPR

A Manchester School Board subcommittee has approved a policy restricting class sizes. And this could be the first step in resolving the school district’s overcrowding problem.

The school board’s curriculum and instruction subcommittee approved setting clear limits to class sizes.


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NH News
5:30 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Non-Profit In Manchester Participates in National Day of Service

Executive Director Mary Sliney at the steps to The Way Home headquarters.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than 15 volunteers signed up to work at a Manchester non-profit for the National Day of Service.


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NH News
5:30 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Pro-Gun Rally In Concord Attracts Large Crowd

Rep. Al Baldasaro on the steps holding a megaphone.
Ryan Lessard NHPR

More than 300 people attended a pro-gun rally held at the New Hampshire Statehouse Saturday.


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NH News
3:02 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A.G. Delaney Forming Anti-Slavery Task Force

The State Attorney General’s office is forming a new Human Trafficking task force.


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